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OUTRIDERS NEW HORIZON UPDATE ADDS NEW EXPEDITIONS, TRANSMOG AND MUCH MORE FOR FREE


New Horizon Update Available on November 17, Additional Expansion Announced For 2022

Outriders is a game that I like a hell of a lot more than a lot of people in my circle do. Since its release in April I have finished the campaign but found the end game a little lack luster. One thing though that People Can Fly have continued to do however is support, tweak and add options to keep us coming back for more. 

Today we got details on the next update. 
Check out the release detail below and be sure to check out the video for a good look at the breakdown on what is to come! 

Pat (Snoogs)

SQUARE ENIX® is excited to announce NEW HORIZON, a major new completely free update for OUTRIDERS™, the high-intensity RPG-Shooter where survival demands aggression, from People Can Fly, the developers of Gears of War: Judgment and BULLETSTORM, and Square Enix External Studios, the minds behind SLEEPING DOGS® and JUST CAUSE®.

Watch the OUTRIDERS NEW HORIZON Spotlight here:


The huge and completely free NEW HORIZON update to OUTRIDERS launches on November 16 and introduces four new Expeditions, an all-new Transmog system, removed timers in Expeditions, new weapon skins, rebalanced Classes, Skills and Mods, and an overhaul to Tiagos Expedition store and his vendor items, as well as many more general improvements and updates to the game.  This massive update acts as the culmination to the months-long work to improve the OUTRIDERS player experience.

And finally, the secrets of Enoch will continue to be explored in OUTRIDERS WORLDSLAYER, a full expansion coming 2022. Stay tuned for the full reveal in spring 2022.

Watch the OUTRIDERS WORLDSLAYER Teaser here:


“We’ve been hard at work improving the OUTRIDERS experience and with the free NEW HORIZON update we’ve improved and addressed the majority of player feedback ahead of our major 2022 expansion – WORLDSLAYER”. said Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios. “So there’s no better time than now to start, restart or continue your journey through Enoch in what is now the ultimate version of OUTRIDERS.” 

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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Forza Horizon 5, Minecraft: Bedrock and Java Editions, and More

by Megan Spurr, Community Lead, Xbox Game Pass

We’re continuing the trend of bringing back-to-back blockbuster games to Xbox Game Pass and I’m absolutely here for it. I’m trying to contain my hype and not type in all capital letters but imagine me writing announcement this very loudly with pure excitement with each game coming soon.

If you haven’t tried Game Pass on Windows PC, now is the best time to join and check it out. Starting November 2, new Xbox Game Pass for PC members can get 3 months for just $1. This means you can play Age of Empires IV, Minecraft (both Bedrock and Java editions starting tomorrow), Forza Horizon 5, and Halo Infinite when they launch, and more on your PC this holiday season for just $1.

Let’s jump in!

Coming Soon

Minecraft: Java and Bedrock Editions (PC) – November 2
Get your computer ready because Minecraft is coming to Game Pass for PC! Play Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Windows 10 and 11 as part of your Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate membership. That also means you can conveniently cross-play with any current Minecraft version, including consoles and mobile! Just launch the same edition as the Minecrafter you want to play with. No need to pick and choose — experience Minecraft on PC in one launcher with Game Pass.


Unpacking (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – November 2
Available day one with Xbox Game Pass: Moving day is here! Unpack like never before in this zen puzzle game where you’ll learn about a character through a variety of moves. Unpacking weaves together a story through the everyday and sentimental belongings you’ll encounter as you decorate and organize each new space throughout the game.

It Takes Two (Cloud, Console, PC) EA Play – November 4
Go on a wild co-op adventure with EA Play as It Takes Two joins Xbox Game Pass for PC & Ultimate via The Play List. Discover a metaphorical merging of gameplay and narrative in a light-hearted story of the hardships in getting along. And you can invite a friend to join the adventure with Friend’s Pass!


Kill It with Fire (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – November 4
Kill It with Fire is a first-person action game about hunting spiders and causing collateral damage. Assemble your arsenal of increasingly excessive weapons, track spiders across suburbia, and burn everything in your path!

Football Manager 2022 (PC) – November 9
Available day one with Xbox Game Pass: The closest thing to being a real football manager. Football Manager 2022 brings new, progressive ways to find your winning edge, instil your footballing style and earn it on the pitch with your football club. Experience complete football authenticity and unrivalled simulation gaming.


Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 9
Available day one with Xbox Game Pass: Navigate your way to the top of the footballing world as the boss of the world’s greatest football teams in a tailored version of Football Manager that’s been adapted for console play on the biggest stage. Build your dream squad and make the club completely your own as you develop your career to become a managerial great. Plus, Ultimate members can play with Cloud Gaming featuring Xbox touch controls on day one, no controller needed!

Forza Horizon 5 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – November 9
Available day one with Xbox Game Pass: Your Ultimate Horizon Adventure awaits! Explore the vibrant and ever-evolving open world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world’s greatest cars. Lead breathtaking expeditions across a world of striking contrast and beauty while immersing yourself in a deep campaign with hundreds of challenges that reward you for engaging in the activities you love.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition (Console) – November 11
Experience the blockbuster classic, updated for a new generation – now with across-the-board enhancements including Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, and much more.

One Step from Eden (Console and PC) ID@Xbox – November 11
One Step from Eden combines deck-building and real-time action with rogue-like elements, giving you the chance to carve a path of mercy or destruction. Fight alone or with a friend in co-op as you cast powerful spells on the fly, battle evolving enemies, and collect game-changing artifacts. Can you make it to Eden?

In Case You Missed It

Backbone (Cloud) ID@Xbox – Available now
Raccoon detective Howard Lotor is not a hero. He can barely make rent. And yet he has stumbled across something so massive that it will shake the very fabric of society. Stunning visuals, an evocative soundtrack, and a daring narrative bring a dystopian Vancouver, BC inhabited by animals to life in this highly anticipated, post-noir adventure. Get to it, detective.

Moonglow Bay (Cloud, Console, and PC) – Available now
Moonglow Bay is a fishing RPG combining a playful voxel art style with a sumptuous soundtrack. You’re cast as a rookie angler struggling to fulfil your partner’s final wish. Along the way you’ll make friends, hone fishing skills, and rebuild the confidence of a fractured community, debunking its ominous myths.

Project Wingman (Cloud and Console) – Available now
In an immersive flight experience, you’ll dogfight, strike, and fly your way to conquering the skies. Strap yourself into the cockpit of over 20 unique aircraft and become a true ace in Project Wingman.

DLC / Game Updates

Doom Eternal: Horde Mode and Update 6.66 – Available now
Free to all players! Experience the all-new Horde Mode, compete in the upgraded Battlemode 2.0 multiplayer, put your skills to the test with two all-new Master Levels, earn new skins for the Doom Slayer and demons, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle – Pre-order now
Get early access and all the extra content included with the Premium Edition at one low price! The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle allows you to play four days early beginning November 5, 2021. It also includes the Welcome Pack, Car Pass, VIP Membership and two game expansions when they become available. Plus, Xbox Game Pass members save up to 10%!

Battlefield 2042 Early Access Trial with EA Play – November 12
Game Pass for PC and Ultimate members can plunge into the near-future, all-out war of Battlefield 2042 first on November 12 with EA Play. Fight in military battles of unprecedented scale for 10 full hours, days before release. Plus, save 10% on pre-orders with your member discount and unlock exclusive rewards.

Play, Share, and Discuss in the Xbox Game Club
The Xbox Game Club features a Game Pass game each week for members to play, share, and discuss. It’s like a book club… but for games! Play and connect with others through a shared love of gaming in the official club Discord at discord.gg/XboxGameClub.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks
Claim the Perks below via the Perks gallery on your Xbox console, Xbox app for Windows PCs, or Xbox Game Pass mobile app.

Discord Nitro: 3 Months of Free Nitro – Available Now
Enhance your Discord experience with Nitro perks like HD video, profile banners, and way, way more. Valid for first-time Nitro users with a Discord account.

Black Desert: Special Gift Bundle – Available Now
A new season server is now live! Get your Special Gift Bundle for rapid progression on the season server! Now is the perfect time to embark on the epic adventure you’ve always imagined!

Apex Legends: Dr. Hakim Weapon Charm – November 2
Show the competition what you’re made of with your new Dr. Hakim Weapon Charm, brought to you by EA Play! Equip this to your favourite weapon and battle for glory, fame, and fortune in style.


Leaving November 15

There’s plenty on the way to look forward to but now is the time to show these games before they go. Remember to use your Game Pass membership discount to save up to 20% on these games before they leave the library.
Final Fantasy VIII HD (Console and PC)
Planet Coaster (Cloud and Console)
Star Renegades (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Streets of Rogue (Cloud, Console, and PC)
The Gardens Between (Cloud, Console, and PC)
River City Girls (Cloud, Console, and PC)

Quick reminder: We have extended the availability to claim your Disney+ 30-day trial* through January 31, 2022. So, if you haven’t already, go claim your Perk to enjoy an unprecedented collection of the world’s most beloved movies and TV series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic through the holiday season. Enjoy!

*Valid for new Disney+ subscribers only. 18+ only. After trial, Disney+ automatically renews at the then-current monthly price until you cancel. Subject to Disney+ Subscriber Agreement https://www.disneyplus.com/legal/subscriber-agreement. Limited time offer. One per account. Available in AR, BR, CL, CO, MX, AU, AT, BE, CA, DK, FI, DE, IE, IT, NL, NZ, NO, PT, ES, SE, SG, CH, GB, US. Claim by 1/31/2022. Redeem by 3/2/2022.

*Introductory offer available to new subscribers only. After promotional period, subscription continues at regular monthly price unless cancelled. Not available in Turkey, India, and Russia.



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THE GATES OF OBLIVION CLOSE WITH THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: DEADLANDS NOVEMBER 1ST


Announced at this weeks “Gates of Oblivion” year end stream, we are excited to reveal the final DLC in our 2021 year-long campaign, The Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands. The new DLC will debut on November 1 for all PC/MAC players, and on November 16 for all Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 players.


Experience the cataclysmic conclusion to the “Gates of Oblivion” year-long adventure in The Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands. Explore new worlds, discover strange new allies, and foil Dagon’s plans to rule Nirn in this action-packed 20-hour finale.
 
Those who’ve played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will recognise parts of the Deadlands. The Burn is an area that sports molten rivers, flame-infused beasts, and towering metal spires. And never-before-seen in an Elder Scrolls game, players can venture into a new zone of the Deadlands called The Sever, a region with fierce storms and ferocious winds.
 
Finally, not even a Daedric prince can tame this final region of the Deadlands. Fargrave is one of the biggest cities in The Elder Scrolls Online, a mystical desert metropolis roofed by a massive skeleton. It’s a city where players can craft, buy, and sell goods while traveling between realms. Before you visit this metropolis, ask yourselves one thing: What is valuable to those who do not need to eat, drink or rest?
 
Since launch in 2014, over 19 million players from over 240 countries have experienced The Elder Scrolls Online. To further embellish upon our localisation efforts, we’ll be adding Spanish to our list of available languages for all ESO players. This means all in-game texts and subtitles will be localised into Spanish, encompassing all past, current, and future updates to The Elder Scrolls Online.

Players can purchase the Deadlands game pack through the in-game Crown Store and is included for all who subscribe to ESO Plus. The new DLC is available November 1 PC/MAC, and will launch on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 on November 16. For full patch notes on Update 32, remember to keep an eye on our official forums.



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VICTRIX LAUNCHES WORLD’S FASTEST XBOX CONTROLLER AND VICTRIX GAMBIT WIRELESS HEADSET


We have gotten through some information from our good friends at PDP on some upcoming products. 
Check out the below release, not only some awesome features but how good does that controller look?  

Victrix, a San Diego based engineering and design company owned by Performance Designed Products (PDP), announced today that it has launched the Victrix Gambit Dual CoreTM Tournament Controller as well as the Victrix Gambit Wireless Gaming Headset.

Using Dual Core technology, the Gambit Controller is the world's fastest controller on Xbox, delivering the fastest thumbsticks, triggers, and button responses on the market1. While one core handles ultra-fast input processing, the other runs the controller’s audio including built-in Dolby Atmos, giving players optimal spatial awareness for a competitive edge. The controller also features adjustable trigger stops, 14 included swappable components, the ability to customize settings in the Victrix app, and a carrying case. 


The new Gambit Wireless Gaming Headset is also designed to give gamers a competitive edge. The headset uses much of the same acoustic design, lightweight components, and comfortable materials as the well-regarded Victrix Pro AF Headset. The Gambit headset can be used wirelessly for up to 40 feet, or wired with an included 3.5mm cable that features in-line controls. The headset also comes with a lifetime subscription to Dolby Atmos on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs, and the PlayStation 5 version of the headset can use 3D Audio for ultimate immersion. The Victrix Gambit  headset is also the first officially licensed wireless headset designed for PlayStation 5.


“The Victrix brand is dedicated to giving fans a competitive edge. Our in-house engineering team works side-by-side with esports professionals to create products that gamers will love and want to use competitively, since they know they’re getting the best hardware on the market,” said Navin Kumar, Chief Marketing Officer of PDP.  “We integrated technology from the Victrix Pro line of products into the new Gambit line for premium performance and design that everyday gamers, and professionals, can enjoy at more approachable price points.” 

The Victrix Gambit Dual CoreTM Tournament Controller will be available in Australia from October 28th with an RRP of $179.95. The Victrix Gambit Wireless Gaming Headset will launch in early 2022 with an RRP of $199.95. 


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Dynasty Warriors 9 Gets a Release Date


HAVE FUN STORMING THE CASTLE! DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 EMPIRES
BLITZES AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FEBRUARY 15, 2022
Secret Plans, Decisive Battles, and Political Intrigue Headed to the Highly Anticipated Title

During Saturday’s TOKYO GAME SHOW 2021 ONLINE livestream, KOEI TECMO and developer Omega Force revealed the release date and exciting new information to the latest game in their highly-revered DYNASTY WARRIORS franchise: DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires. The strategic battle experience will release across Europe on February 15, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch™, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, Windows PC via Steam®, PlayStation®4, and digitally on PlayStation®5*. An action-packed new trailer was also released alongside the announcement today, providing a first look at the title in action.


Combining the 1 vs. 1,000 action of DYNASTY WARRIORS with the addition of tactical elements, DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires sets players on a quest to conquer ancient China by combining use of strategy and the sword. Battles have dramatically changed from previous titles in the series thanks to the new feature: “Storming the Castle”. With areas around castles now turned into battlefields, skirmishes evolve into “Storming the Castle” encounters, with players battling to take control of the castle. Players will also be able to utilise “Siege Battles with Troops” in order to invade the enemy’s base, taking advantage of siege weapons while giving instructions to troops during battle. Once players break through an enemy’s gate, they will enter a “Decisive Battle” and can claim victory after defeating the commander. Although all the enemy officers will re-join the battlefield for one last fierce resistance, players will have a chance to defeat and capture them.

Another element that will greatly influence battle will be “Secret Plans”. “Secret Plans” selected in the battle preparation phase will now be activated as missions during battles, with each “Secret Plan” having its own conditions for success and failure. Once the success conditions are fulfilled, favourable effects on allies will be activated including “capture surrounding bases”, “defeat messengers”, “escort the engineers” and more. Each battle is highlighted by offense and defence centring on how to activate “Secret Plans”, providing a highly strategic battle experience. Conversely, enemies can also perform “Secret Plans”. By preventing the enemy's “Secret Plans”, players will gain an advantage in battle.

Army Affinity will also play a key role in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires, with each officer’s unit having a military unit type assigned to them as a new officer characteristic. All three units will have their strengths and weaknesses: Infantry < Archer < Cavalry < Infantry. When a unit fights against opponents at an advantage, more damage can be given and the damage taken can be reduced. However, when a unit fights against opponents under disadvantages, the situation will be reversed. In addition, each military unit has its special effects: Infantry can attack siege weapons more effectively, Cavalry can cause more damage to enemy headquarters, and Archer can perform simultaneous attacks.

Aside from battle, the political intrigue and domestic system popular to the Empires series will also be included. Following the kingdom goals set once every half year, the kingdom a player belongs to strives to unify China. Each month, players will be able to give commands to search for new officers to join the kingdom, purchase arrows and items, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands depending on the player’s position.

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*By purchasing the digital or physical PlayStation®4 versions of DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires, you can receive an upgrade to the digital PlayStation®5 version of DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires at no additional cost.


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MechWarrior Returns to PlayStation for First Time in More Than 20 Years


Developer Piranha Games is excited to announce that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is coming physically to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®5 and Xbox consoles in November 2021. This monumental launch marks the return of the beloved BattleTech franchise to PlayStation platforms for the first time in 20 years. Featuring full cross-play support for all major platforms and with over 30 new and enhanced features representing over a year’s worth of development time, it’s a great time to join forces with fellow Mercs and friends worldwide for co-op and instant action. In addition, developer Piranha Games also confirms that all MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries players will be able to experience the entirety of the Heroes of the Inner Sphere campaign when joining a match hosted by anyone who owns the expansion, regardless of platform.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries finds players in the battlefields of the future, dominated by BattleMechs, hulking machines of war capable of levelling entire cities. As the inheritor of a once-glorious Mercenary company, the quest for glory and revenge will stretch light years, chasing the threads of interstellar intrigue on the journey to become an elite MechWarrior and mercenary commander.
The merc life of a MechWarrior BattleMech pilot continues in the Heroes of the Inner Sphere expansion. Follow your chosen career path from War Dog to Treasure Hunter in the new Career Mode.

Explore new warzones, new quests, and new missions that span the full scope of the Inner Sphere. Hunt the Heroes with special quests that tell the story of seven new heroes and their lostech mechs. Find new mech chassis and variants, weapons, equipment, as well as blueprints to quirk your prized mechs.

The developers at Piranha Games have spent over a year addressing player requests for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, implementing enhancements and quality of life improves resulting in over 30 major updates free updates included at launch for all PlayStation players.

Feature Highlights Include:
Cross-Play Support: Fight alongside friends with four-player PvE co-op 
DLC Sharing: Experience the entirety of the Heroes of the Inner Sphere campaign when joining a co-op match hosted by a player who owns the expansion
Loads of gameplay improvements: Full 360 LOD radar (with BAP available with DLC), more extreme conditions and effects, enhanced AI, enhanced salvage crates, AND SO MUCH MORE
Campaign Updates: New story introduction and optional tutorial
UI Improvements: Ability to track encounters and where to hunt desired ‘Mechs, instant action loading previously selected mechs and pilots, modding updates, amongst others


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DESTINYbit and Ravenscourt celebrate the launch of the award winning (gamescom award for Most Original Game) dice-based survival city builder Dice Legacy. The game is available now available for the Nintendo Switch and PC.

To celebrate the Launch DESTINYbit and Ravenscourt created this launch trailer:


Players can finally dive into one of the most unique games of 2021. A unique blend of survival city builder, roguelike and board games that shows a glimpse into the future of digital tabletop gaming. They need to build and expand their newly founded settlement while dealing with various challenges to survive in the mysterious and uncharted ringworld they’ve just arrived at. But every obstacle can be overcome with a good throw of the dice. What does fate hold in store for you?
Maybe you will find a way to even the odds or even make the dice favour your desired outcome.

About Dice Legacy:

Dice Legacy is a roguelike survival city-builder. Players use dice to establish a medieval town in a fascinating ringworld and grow their society. 
Every action is based on the roll of a six-sided dice, from planting and harvesting to establishing supply chains or combat. In Dice Legacy, the dice represent the work force. As a ruler, builder, conqueror or trader the players will need to provide their dice with nourishment and care or witness their subjects eventually fade away. Balancing exploration, resource gathering, building and conquering is key whilst the ever present threat of mysterious factions looms in the fog of war.
Players will soon realize luck is nothing without a good strategy behind it – and dice versa. 

About DESTINYbit

DESTINYbit is a game development studio based in Ravenna, Italy which strives to give players tools to create stories worth sharing. With an all-remote approach to development and a focus on a small but very talented core team, DESTINYbit aims to create gameplay experiences never seen before. Founded in 2016 by Gian Paolo Vernocchi and Simone Daminato, and acquired by Amplifier Game Invest in 2020, DESTINYbit is part of the Embracer Group.

About Ravenscourt

Established in 2014 - and operating from its Munich headquarters in Germany - Ravenscourt’s mission is delivering amazing games to a broad audience from both established studios and industry newcomers. 
With a diverse portfolio, managing the titles of multiple international studios, Ravenscourt games span everything from adventure and management sims through to city builders and indie gems. The label even boasts a good old sing-along karaoke franchise. Our players delight in engrossing narrative driven adventures, relish the challenge of building new worlds and love solving puzzles. 
We have more delights in store for them... The publishing label Ravenscourt stands for worthy interactive entertainment for a broad range of players. It belongs to the Koch Media Group.


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Tales of Arise is available now!


Tales of Arise, the critically acclaimed new entry in the Tales of franchise is available now, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

 

A demo of the game is still available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and is also available from today on PC.

The game puts players in the shoes of Alphen and Shionne, as they are uniting in their fight to free Dahna from the ruling of Rena. During their journey, they will meet a colourful cast, Rinwell, Law, Kisara and Dohalim, that will join their cause.

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CLID THE SNAIL : Preview



First of all, a big shout out and thanks to Weird Beluga Studio and Koch Media! I’ve been lucky enough to try out a brand-new title coming as a timed exclusive to PS4/ PS5 shortly and PC later this year!

Weird Beluga Studio won the local Playstation Talents Awards in their native Madrid, Spain taking home the Best Game 2019 & Best Art 2019 awards. The Playstation Talents Awards help local indie developers build and release titles on the Playstation family of consoles. Weird Beluga Studios was founded in 2019 by five mates from college That are ready to show off their new title Clid the Snail.

Onto the game itself.


Clid the Snail is a top down, twin stick shooter. You take control of Clid, a gruff loner of sorts who is only looking forward to his next drink. Not really fitting in anywhere you set off / get exiled from your home “The Snail Citadel” on your adventure.

Clid the Snail is set in a world devoid of humans. We are long gone with only the remnants of civilisation left behind. Clid is no ordinary snail either. Clid has humanoid features, a good mastery of many different types of weapons and an interchangeable shell full of explodey goodness! The world is littered with relics of the past. Clid although powerful and running around on two legs is still only as big as a snail. The world helps you realise this from the pieces of the past laying around. Running past a discarded lighter or over a guitar to crawling inside the skull and ribs of a fallen “giant” the scale of the world that you are fighting in makes itself well know.


Clid is joined on his quest by the ever-talkative Belu, a small firefly that will help you through your journey and from what I have played so far there seems to be a bit of an odd couple relationship forming. When trying to get to your next watering hole you meet up with some fellow outcasts called Alastor. They are all fellow outcasts from their respective tribes and each have different personalities and traits that I am sure we will find out more about as we go on.

I was lucky enough to get a hands-on preview of an early build on the PC and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Luckily the build gave me a bit of an OP Clid so early on in the game and be sure I was kicking butt. Straight away you get an insight into Clid’s personality. I called it gruff earlier in this piece but it is a little more than that. Clid is borderline a bit of a jerk, not in an overly bad way just different, more I am gonna do me and not worry what others think kind of way. As soon as you leave the Snail Citadel you are thrust into a vibrant world. I could go into what the overall of the game is about and I will but I need to fill you in on something first…

Clid was exiled from the citadel and you know where he was heading? To the next pub… a snail after my own heart.

The world around Clid is a dangerous place, full of enemies wanting to get in your way and stop you from your first quest. The gunplay here is on point. I have played a lot of twin stick shooters and this feels up there with the best of them. Controls are direct and responsive and fell very intuitive. I like that it is not all about run and gun also. You need to be aware of your surroundings and also position within the map using the terrain to your advantage. It’s not all about shooting either with mini puzzles through that reward you for exploration and you can use your guns to set off traps or open ways around battles.


Enemies are varied and each posses some good weapons to take you down. The premise of the story is the slugs are trying to take over the world. Destroying citadels of different tribes and causing grief. We were given a little more of an insight of the story but it wasn’t part of this preview section. Some of the creatures you come up against are obviously slugs, flys, these worm things out of the ground and a host of others that present themselves throughout the game.


Visually Weird Beluga have outdone themselves here. Clid the Snails’ world is exceptionally detailed. Everyday human items are scattered around and used to enhance the scale that you really are just a snail in this big ol world. I was very impressed with the lighting elements too. Even though Clid has followed this trend of over saturation in lighting and particle effects it does work and looks good, can be a little over the top at times but like I said, this is an early build.

Overall, I have enjoyed my time with Clid the Snail and while not usually a game I would pick up it is now in my must have list. I want to know where the story goes, how does the relationship with Belu grow and what does this ensemble of weird and wonderful characters bring to the table?

 

Reviewed: Patrick Clifford (Snoogs)

Platform: PC

Release date: TBA

 

(EDIT: There is supposed to be about 15 mins of gameplay to go along with this but due to a HDD crash I have lost everything. I will be capturing more if possible and will add in soon)

 

 


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Mattel and Milestone Reveal Massive Garage of Rides in Upcoming Hot Wheels Unleashed™


Recently Lucas and I got to try out the next iteration in the Hot Wheels gaming sphere and while it was an early build the base is there for a good arcade racing title. 
I like many of you reading this, older or young have had Hot Wheels in your hand at some stage. I have some of my favourites still to this day and wont part with them for anyone. Made even more exciting was when some of my cars that I still have stashed somewhere are in the game. 

Below, we have the new trailer, and then some info on what is coming. 
Be sure to check it all out. 

Pat (Snoogs)



Mattel, Inc. and Milestone, a leading global racing game developer, today unveiled a massive garage of cars that will be available at launch in Hot Wheels Unleashed™. Featuring 66 vehicles, including Hot Wheels® most celebrated original designs over the brand’s 53-year history, the lineup also includes cars that have become icons of automotive pop culture, such as Party Wagon from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Snoopy from Peanuts, K.I.T.T. from NBC’s Knight Rider and the Time Machine from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Back to the Future. 

For those players looking to get behind the wheel of their favourite vehicles found on today’s city streets and racetracks, die-cast favourites will be featured from OEMs representing the past, present and future of car culture. From classic rides such as the ’32 Ford ‘Deuce’ and ’69 Dodge Charger to modern favourites including the Audi R8 Spyder and Honda S2000, plus hypercars packed with future tech such as the 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko, there is truly a ride for everyone. 
Additional vehicles will be made available by playing Hot Wheels Unleashed™ in all the different game modes. Hot Wheels Unleashed™ launches globally on Sept. 30, 2021 on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam and Epic Games Store). 

In addition to Hot Wheels® originals like Boneshaker and Twin Mill, below are some of the list of cars fans can drive to their heart’s content:
ENTERTAINMENT:
Party Wagon
Snoopy
K.I.T.T.
Back to the Future Time Machine
Batmobile

OEMs:
Audi R8 Spyder
Audi Sport Quattro
'55 Chevy
Copo Camaro
'71 El Camino
'69 Dodge Charger Daytona
RAM 1500 Rebel
FIAT 500
'32 Ford
1956 Ford Truck
2018 Ford Mustang GT
Humvee®
Honda S2000
2020 Koenigsegg Jesko
Mini Cooper S Challenge

Hot Wheels Unleashed™ players will be able to upgrade vehicles using the in-game Rarity System. With the Rarity System, players will be able to collect and dismantle in-game vehicles in order to improve how their vehicles perform. Some upgrades can only be discovered in different and secret ways.

As the #1 selling toy in the world, Hot Wheels is the global category leader in toy vehicles. For the last fifty plus years, Hot Wheels has proven its influence on car culture with legendary design and epic performance. Today, Hot Wheels has become a global powerhouse franchise, with live and virtual events on almost every continent, highly sought-after consumer products and top-tier collaborations, a #1-rated content channel on YouTube, and more. While 16.5 Hot Wheels are sold every second and over 8 billion cars have been sold to date, the brand continues to expand its presence in digital gaming, with success across mobile, console and PC platforms.


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Neo: The World Ends With You | Out Now


BATTLE THROUGH THE REAPERS’ GAME TODAY WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEO: THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

NEO: The World Ends with You, the action role-playing game developed by SQUARE ENIX®, is available worldwide for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Nintendo Switch™ system.


NEO: The World Ends with You transports players to the bustling streets of Shibuya, as they step into the shoes of protagonist Rindo and take part in the life-or-death battle for survival known as the “Reapers’ Game.” Rindo is joined by many stylish and memorable characters, who together explore the heart of Tokyo to uncover the mysteries behind this sinister game.

NEO: The World Ends with You is now available for the PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ system, with a PC version of the game to arrive on the Epic Games Store later this winter (ANZ). 

Related Links: 
Official NEO: The World Ends with You Website: https://square-enix-games.com/neotwewy

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Multiplayer Dungeon Crawler Blightbound Out Now - with Trailer!

Conquer the Blight once and for all!

Following a successful 12 months in Early Access, fearless developer Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts) and their trusty sidekicks Devolver Digital have unleashed Blightbound 1.0, a dark and stylish multiplayer dungeon crawler, on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Blightbound is an online & local multiplayer dungeon crawler that tasks three heroes to venture down from their mountain refuge to face the abominations of the Blight - a mysterious and corrupting fog that enshrouds the land.

Explore handcrafted dungeons, fight a terrifying cadre of mystical and monstrous enemies, grab valuable loot, and recover fallen heroes to expand your roster of available warriors. Each player will fulfil a specific role on the team - warrior, assassin, or mage - to overcome colossal bosses and solve clever puzzles.

Can you collect all of the heroes, complete all the challenges, and conquer the Blight once and for all? Visit blightbound.com and follow @ronimogames and @devolverdigital on Twitter for more courageous marketing hype.


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Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S Available Now


I have been playing Microsoft Flight Sim on and off since release on PC and have been enjoying it. One thing I have noticed online up to the release of it on Xbox Series X/S is so many people complaining there is nothing to do. 
The name gives this away. Flight Sim. It is a sim, so before you get all bent out of shape that it isn't Ace Combat like just remember that. 

Microsoft Flight Sim is a stunning entry into the Flight Sim family and uses real time telemetry to show other players and commercial planes in flight. You can make it as full or light on as you like and now those on Game Pass for Xbox Series X/S can experience it too. 

There is a list a mile long of places you should go. If you're like me that list shows all the places you wish you could go but can't right now or haven't made it yet. 
Animals in Africa, Volcano's, chase a Cyclone (yes weather is there) or simply fly into your own backyard. 

Check out the below release and if you're lucky enough to be playing on console, let us know where you first went. 

Pat (Snoogs)

Microsoft Flight Simulator Available Today on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass

by Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator

In a pivotal moment for the flight simmer community, today we are bringing Microsoft Flight Simulator to Xbox Series X|S giving aspiring pilots the chance to take flight for the first time on a console.
 
From light planes to wide-body jets, you’ll test your piloting skills against the challenges of real-time weather including accurate wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain, and lightning – all in a dynamic and living world. With the power of satellite data from Bing Maps and cloud-based AI using Azure, you’ll travel the entire planet in amazing detail with over 37 thousand airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more. Simmers can expect the same level of depth as the PC version, with the most authentic and realistic flight simulator we have ever created and available to the widest audience ever.
 
Optimized to harness the power of Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Flight Simulator brings realism, accuracy, and authenticity of flying. Even if you’re a new pilot, you can jump right in to experience the thrill of flight. Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S adds new features to make the experience highly accessible:
 
Discovery Flights: Newcomers can easily enter the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator and experience some of the most impressive wonders of our planet, including awe-inspiring locations like the Great Pyramid of Giza and Mount Everest, or vibrant cities like Naples and Rio de Janeiro. Start in the air and off you go.
 
World Exploration Improvements: Many users love to explore the planet in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and we’ve further enhanced that experience. The world map now features satellite imagery, map labels, and main Point of Interest (POI) names to make exploring the world (and even finding your house) as easy as possible. We extended this capability into the flight experience itself and users can now activate the POI labels during a flight, so they can get a sense for the spatial relationships between cities, mountains, and other landmarks.
 
Flight Training: We significantly improved our flight training to ensure a smoother learning curve and make them more snack-sized and by adding a new performance evaluation system. We now have 22 training flights that teach users the fundamentals of flying starting with basic handling, to landing and takeoff, VFR navigation and learning how to fly an airliner like the Airbus 320neo. We also added more contextual voiceovers to help explain elements and provide feedback.
 
Flight Assistance: We are introducing an extremely useful new tool called the Flight Assistant that provides AI help during flight:   
 
You can select nearby POIs or airports and set them as your destination to get direction.
You can use it to let the AI auto land your plane.
You can use it for auto-trimming and anti-stall.
 
Land Anywhere: In most flight simulators, take off and landing at an airport can be complex and intimidating for newcomers. 71% of our planet is water, so we added water landing options. We revamped several of our planes and incorporated optional floaters, skis and a “large tires” feature so you can land almost anywhere.
 
Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S is the most accessible entry to date with the addition of Screen Narrator and new features such as Discovery Flights, all new scored training flights, enhanced landing gear and more so new pilots can jump right into experiencing the thrill of flight!
 
Launching Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC last year was only the beginning of our journey to make the best simulation possible. As we continue adding to the experience with free World Updates (Japan, US, France, Benelux, UK & Ireland and the Nordics so far with many more to come), free simulation updates, themed DLC bundles, and true-to-life aircraft, Xbox Series X|S simmers will enjoy these updates on console as well. The sky is calling!
 
Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on Xbox Series X|S with Xbox Game Pass, Windows 10 with Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Steam. 
 
For the latest information on Microsoft Flight Simulator, stay tuned to @MSFSOfficial on Twitter.




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